4 Tips to Find Scary Savings for a Halloween Party

October 12, 2018 | By Louis Tully

Who doesn’t love Halloween? It’s a time for costumes, haunted houses, pumpkin-carving, and mounds of candy! It’s also the only time of year when you can go out in public dressed up as Batman and nobody will judge you for it in the least. 

Unlike the holidays that follow it, Halloween doesn’t take itself too seriously. Your family won’t mind if you don’t call them on Halloween and you don’t have to invite everybody over for a grand dinner either. Nope.

Keep Halloween on a Budget

When it comes to Halloween, a small party is all it takes to get in on the frightening fun! But if a financial emergency’s got you up all hours of the night searching for “payday loans near me”, don’t panic! Here are 4 tips to find scary savings for this year’s Halloween party.

DIY the Spooky Décor

Holiday decorations don’t come cheap. In fact, if you’re not cautious, shopping for decorations could easily send your budget 6-feet under. This year try making your own spooky decorations at home! Here are a few fun examples:

  • Mummy Pumpkins: Slap a pair of googly eyes on a pumpkin, then wrap the whole thing (leaving the eyes partially exposed) in gauze, toilet paper or cheesecloth.
  • Bleeding Candles: Got candles? Light a red wax candle until the wax begins to melt. Then, carefully pick up your red candle and drip the melted red wax over a set of white candles. This will give the creepy illusion that your candles are bleeding!
  • Sweet Centerpiece: In an empty glass jar, place candy corn, ghost Peeps, lollipops and whatever else your heart desires in the jar. Have fun with it and make a pattern that looks fun and delicious!
  • Cardstock Bats: Draw a stencil of a bat on black cardstock or heavy construction paper. Once you’re happy with your stencil, use scissors to cut it out. Then, use removable glue or tape to stick your bat on the wall. Repeat these steps until the whole room is covered in flying bats!

There are plenty of other Halloween DIY ideas online that are just as easy to follow and won’t cost nearly as much as a trip to Target’s Halloween section. On the plus side, you could get the kids in on the crafty fun too!

Ghost the Mealtimes

Unless you want to drop $100 on six pizzas, it’s best to ghost the mealtimes altogether. Let your party guests know to be at your place around 8 PM, well after dinnertime. This way, nobody expects you to provide food, which just so happens to be the biggest budget-buster when it comes to throwing parties. Granted, you can still set up a small buffet of snacks and appetizers for really cheap.

Send Invites Over the ‘Web’

Instead of throwing your money away on physical invitations, use social media to get the word out. There are so many reasons why a Facebook invite is so much better than mailing out physical invitations:

Physical invite
- You have to pay for the cards themselves as well as the postage.
- You have to fill out every single card by hand.
- You have to hunt down everyone’s addresses ahead of time.
- Initiations could get lost in the mail or sent to the wrong address.
- Takes longer to send.
Facebook invite
- It’s free.
- You only have to type out the information once and you’re done.
- You can interact with your invitees and answer questions right from the Facebook invite page.
- You can send your invitation to several people at once.
- Your invite is sent instantly.

Hide Your Valuables

Before the party begins, you might want to hide away certain valuables that could become vulnerable to a party foul. Nothing’s scarier than witnessing your flat screen tv taking a nosedive on the living room floor. That said, consider moving all valuables into a closed off room. You’ll save money on replacements and you probably end up with that much space for the dance floor!

How Will You Save This Halloween?

See if you can come up with other ways to save on the Halloween celebrations and put them to practice too. Maybe draw up a Halloween budget? Better yet, why not plan ahead for Christmas while you’re at it? The choice is yours. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!